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Network rail is hoping a major project to improve journeys through the two mile long Sevenoaks Tunnel should be finished this weekend.
It is the longest main line tunnel in the south east and also one of the wettest, which can cause problems for train services.
Engineers started work on the tunnel over Christmas, and are continuing over the Bank Holiday. Work includes digging up and replacing the drainage system, as well as repairing brickwork and the lining of some of the 13 ventilation shafts.
It is one of dozens of projects taking place this weekend across the rail network, designed to increase capacity, reduce delays and improve reliability.
As a result there will be significant journey changes for Southeastern passengers, with no Southeastern services to or from Cannon Street, Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park stations until Monday inclusive; trains will be diverted to Victoria or Blackfriars. This will coincide with the Greenwich Tall Ships event, so passengers will need to look at alternative routes if they wish to attend.
There will also be no Southern trains to or from London Victoria station today (Sunday), while Network Rail carries out maintenance on platforms 14 and 19.
Rail replacement services will run between Victoria and Streatham Hill/East Croydon, with the majority of Southern services diverted to London Bridge.
John Halsall, Network Rail South East route managing director, said: “I would like to thank passengers for their patience while we use this opportunity, when the railway is quieter than usual, to continue our Railway Upgrade Plan and carry out the maintenance necessary to keep this busy stretch of railway safe for the millions of passengers that use it each year.
"There will be changes to services across the south east and I advise passengers to consider their options in advance and check before they travel this Easter.”
David Statham, managing director of Southeastern Railway, said: "Over the Easter weekend some of our stations will be closed and some routes diverted. Therefore it’s really important to check before you travel, and plan your journey in advance. For full details please pick up a leaflet at a station or visit southeasternrailway.co.uk/easter.”